The season finale of BAFTA-winning crime drama “Happy Valley” pulled in 7.5 million viewers for the BBC on Sunday evening, the broadcaster has revealed.
The extended episode also garnered a 41.6% audience share. “This is the highest overnight number for ‘Happy Valley,’ and since May 2021, when the series six finale of ‘Line of Duty’ aired,” the BBC said in a statement. It is the biggest overnight rating for a drama on UK television.”
The series is created by Sally Wainwright.
The third and final season saw the return of Sarah Lancashire as Sergeant Catherine Coward – at the end of her retirement – and James Norton as her killer and sex offender Tommy Lee Royce.
Aggregate viewing figures for the “Happy Valley” finale will be available in the coming weeks. The first episode of this season reached 11.3 million viewers in its first 30 days.
The first season aired in 2014 and the second in 2016. The first season won Best Drama Series and Writer: Drama BAFTA, while the second season repeated the awards and added Best Leading Actress for Lancashire, which had previously been nominated for drama. Weather
“Happy Valley” season three is a Lookout Point production for the BBC. Executive producers are Wainwright and Lancashire, with Faith Penhall and Will Johnston for Lookout Point, Ben Irving and Rebecca Ferguson for the BBC.
The BBC’s Chief Content Officer, Charlotte Moore, said: “‘Happy Valley’ is the ultimate TV show, Sally Wainwright’s emotional rollercoaster that has gripped the nation and has been extended weekly to the start of 2023. “
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